Crvena zvezda vs. MZT Skopje, Tips and Odds – Oct. 01, 2022 20:00 CET
On Saturday, two games of the first round of the ABA league will be played, and Crvena zvezda will meet MZT Skopje in the Aleksandar Nikolić hall. The start of the match is scheduled for 20:00.
The red and white team will begin the defense of the trophy with a duel with newcomers to the league. The team from North Macedonia returns to the first ABA league after four years and will immediately meet the current champions.
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Crvena zvezda Team News
Crvena zvezda enters the new season with a completely changed roster and coaching staff. Coach Dejan Radonjić left the club at the end of the previous competitive year. Some key players like Nikola Kalinic, Austin Hollins, Dejan Davidovac, and Nate Walters did the same. Therefore, the management of this team was quite active on the market during the summer.
Vladimir Jovanović was appointed as the new coach. He is a young expert who coached FMP and Cibona, so he knows this competition well. This coach is known for working with young players, and we will see how he manages an experienced roster.
Nemanja Nedović was signed as the primary reinforcement, who, after ten years, returned to the club where he started his basketball development. His direct support will be playmaker Jaylen Adams, MVP of the Australian NBL last season.
Ben Bentil and Hassan Martin were brought in as players who should bring solidity to the racket and ensure control of the defensive rebound. Filip Petrušev and Dalibor Ilić represent the bright future of Serbian basketball, and Miroslav Raduljica signed on Wednesday. This experienced basketball player will try to revive his career because he has not played elite competitive basketball in the last three years.
MZT Skopje Team News
The main goal of MZT Skopje in the return season will be to ensure survival in the elite next season as well. Last season they were defeated by Zlatibor in the final of the ABA 2 playoffs, but they became part of the main competition through administrative means.
The team list has undergone significant changes. As many as eight basketball players left the club; seven new ones were signed. Wing center Strahinja Micović and full-back Michael Caffey have been vital signings. The first in his career has already played in this league for Igokea and Mornar, while the American basketball player played for the German Crailsheim last season.
This tandem was most deserving of winning the Super Cup of North Macedonia a few days ago. MZT Skopje defeated TFT Skopje 100-82, so they came to the capital of Serbia in a positive mood.
Injuries and suspensions
There are no announced absences.
Crvena zvezda vs. MZT Skopje Prediction
Red and white are absolute favorites in this match, and anything but a convincing victory will be a big surprise. We expect a dominant performance from the home team and a slightly higher number of points.
Kick-off Time: Saturday, 01.10.2022, 20:00 CET
Prediction: Over 155.5